Premier League

  • 38’ A. Ramsey
0 Extra Time 0
0 Full Time 2
0 Half Time 2
14/12/2015
Premier League
Villa Park
Attendance 33,285

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 90'
      A wild attempted clearance from Bacuna scuffs off his boot before looping out for a corner, but Arsenal take too long taking it and the referee ends up blowing his whistle to bring an end to the game before the visitors are able to do so.
    • EXTRA TIME
    • 90'
      Oxlade-Chamberlain charges down the right wing and into acres of space before firing a low cross into the heart of the Villa penalty area. It's well met by Bellerin, who gets down low, but the Spaniard's headed effort bounces straight into the hands of Guzan in the middle of the goal.
    • HALF TIME
    • 45'
      Arsenal score, but it's ruled out! Sanchez is caught in possession just outside of the Villa box, allowing Giroud to tee up Walcott, who then cuts inside before unleashing a brilliant strike that beats Guzan and nestles into the back of the net. However, the referee quickly blows for a free kick to
    • 90'
      And now Ramsey has a chance to make it 3-0! Lescott is caught out by the Welshman, who then cuts into the left-hand side of the Villa penalty area before trying to beat Guzan with a cheeky chip. It's slightly overhit, however, and flies a few yards wide of the far post.
    • 45'
      Villa work the ball out to the right flank, where Hutton picks it up before swinging a cross into the heart of the Arsenal penalty area. It finds Gestede, who sends a looping header up until the air, but it's easily cut out by Ramsey before bouncing into the hands of Cech.
    • 90'
      Traore goes close! The Spaniard picks up the ball on the right wing and flies forward on a brilliant run. As soon as he reaches the edge of the penalty area he unleashes a great low shot that beats Cech, but it can only find the side-netting.
    • 0'
      The referee brings an end to the game and sends Arsenal to the top of the table - for a day and a half at least. They fully deserve today's victory, as, despite an attempt at a comeback from the hosts in the second half, they were comfortably able to see off a Villa side that continue to struggle in
    • 0'
      FULL-TIME: ASTON VILLA 0-2 ARSENAL
    • 0'
      The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
    • 0'
      It's been a thoroughly miserable opening 45 minutes for Villa, who can have few complaints about heading into the half-time break two goals down. Arsenal have outclassed them in every department and have had very little to deal with inside their own half of the pitch. Gestede, Ayew and Sinclair have
    • 0'
      HALF-TIME: ASTON VILLA 0-2 ARSENAL
    • 0'
      The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
    • 0'
      Remi Garde has decided to name an unchanged Villa side to the one that started last weekend’s draw away to Southampton, whilst Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will also field the same team that beat Olympiakos on Wednesday.
    • 0'
      Arsenal substitutes: Ospina, Gibbs, Chambers, Gabriel, Debuchy, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi.
    • 0'
      Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Flamini; Walcott, Ozil, Campbell; Giroud.
    • 0'
      Aston Villa substitutes: Bunn, Lyden, Clark, Westwood, Traore, Gil, Grealish.
    • 0'
      Aston Villa XI (4-2-3-1): Guzan; Hutton, Okore, Lescott, Bacuna; Sanchez, Gueye; Sinclair, Veretout, Ayew; Gestede.
    • 0'
      There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…
    • 0'
      In stark contrast to their opponents, Arsenal are now unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions and will be full of confidence thanks to Wednesday’s spirited and hard-fought 3-0 win against Olympiakos, which confirmed their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League for the 17th
    • 0'
      Things remain bleak for Villa, who stay rooted to the bottom of the table as we near the halfway point of the season. What started as a poor opening few weeks has snowballed into a full-blown crisis, and former Lyon manager Remi Garde - an ex-Arsenal player, no less - has been entrusted with the tas
    • 0'
      Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Premier League game between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park.
    • 1'
      Arsenal immediately push forward on a quick attack through Walcott, who does well to get down the left flank, but the Englishman's attempted through-ball towards Giroud is mishit and ends up rolling out of play for a goal kick.
    • 1'
      And we're off! Arsenal get us underway, attacking from right to left.
    • 3'
      Villa work the ball around well just outside of the Arsenal penalty area, with Veretout and Sanchez playing an important role in the attacking move. Sinclair eventually picks up possession on the edge of the box, but he's unable to spin past Monreal and is dispossessed well by the Spaniard.
    • 4'
      Sinclair cuts inside from the right wing before sending a long pass over to Bacuna on the opposite flank. The full-back then curls a great cross towards the back post, where it finds Gestede, but the striker's volley from a tight angle deflects off Monreal and into the hands of Cech.
    • 6'
      Once again, Sinclair picks up the ball in a dangerous position on the right flank before cutting inside and trying to test Cech from 25 yards out, but it's sent straight at the Arsenal goalkeeper and is easily saved.
    • 7'
      PENALTY! Walcott embarks on a blisteringly quick run down the left wing before cutting into the penalty area. He does well to wriggle past Hutton before being hauled to the ground by the Villa right-back, leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the spot.
    • 8'
      GOAL! Giroud steps up and sends Guzan the wrong way to continue his impressive goalscoring form. Villa look absolutely furious at the penalty decision, but they can have few complaints.
    • 10'
      Ramsey brings Sanchez crashing to the ground midway inside the Arsenal half of the pitch, resulting in a free kick for the hosts. It's launched over to the far post, where it finds Sinclair, but the winger's volleyed cross fails to find a teammate before being cut out by Koscielny in the heart of th
    • 12'
      Villa do well to win back possession and push forward once again. This time the ball is worked out to the left wing, where it finds Ayew, but the Ghanaian ends up curling his deep cross straight into the hands of Cech.
    • 14'
      It's all Arsenal at the moment as they boss possession deep inside the Villa half of the pitch. Campbell, Ozil and Giroud all play important roles in an impressive attacking move that puts the hosts under plenty of pressure, but at the last minute the latter is unable to find a way past Lescott, for
    • 16'
      Ramsey and Bellerin link up well on the right flank before the latter tries to tee up Campbell with a chipped pass over the top of the Villa defence, but Guzan reads the flight of the ball well and rushes out to cut out the danger.
    • 18'
      Sinclair picks up the ball in space and immediately breaks forward on a determined run towards the edge of the Arsenal penalty area. Just as he's reaches his destination he looks set to shoot, but Monreal darts across to dispossess the winger with a vital interception.
    • 19'
      Villa regain possession quickly and win themselves a free kick 35 yards away from the Arsenal goal. Veretout steps up and chips a cross towards the back post from the set-piece, but it's poorly hit and ends up sailing harmlessly out of play for a goal kick.
    • 20'
      And now Arsenal are awarded a free kick, which Ozil sends straight onto the head of Giroud. Guzan comes out too far and is beaten to the ball by the Frenchman, but his looping effort on goal fails to beat Okore at the near post.
    • 21'
      A looping cross from Sanchez looks set to be easily collected by Cech, but the goalkeeper makes a meal of it and can only parry the ball into the feet of Bacuna. The mistake takes the full-back slightly by surprise, however, and he ends up sending his first-time volley well over the top of the cross
    • 23'
      Villa are looking increasingly nervy with each minutes that passes. Despite enjoying the majority of the possession they are failing to do much with it, with too many stray passes making life easy for the Arsenal defence.
    • 25'
      Ozil is caught sleeping on the ball and loses possession in a dangerous position near the halfway line, allowing Villa to fly forward on a counter-attack. Ayew does well to beat Flamini before cutting inside and unleashing a low shot, but it fails to beat Mertesacker and is easily dealt with by the
    • 27'
      Ozil and Ramsey work the ball well between them before the latter tries to pick out Bellerin on the right flank, but Bacuna reads the pass comfortably and is able to beat the Spaniard to it before sending the ball out for a throw-in near the corner flag.
    • 29'
      Villa are finding it nigh on impossible to get near the ball as Arsenal run rings around them deep inside the hosts' half of the pitch. Sanchez, clearly frustrated with how easy the visitors are finding it, eventually ends up clumsily fouling Campbell, resulting in a free kick 30 yards away from goa
    • 30'
      Chance for Koscielny! Ozil sends the resulting set-piece over to the far post, where it almost finds the aforementioned Frenchman but ends up sailing just a few inches over his head. Any sort of contact would have resulted in problems for Guzan.
    • 32'
      Ramsey is left in far too much space on the left flank, allowing him to pick up the ball uncontested before swinging a dangerous cross over to the far post. It almost finds the outstretched leg of Campbell, but the Costa Rican misses the ball by the narrowest of margins.
    • 34'
      Campbell and Bellerin link up well on the right wing before the latter is fouled by Gueye, resulting in a free kick for Arsenal in a dangerous position. Ozil steps up and curls is into the middle of the box, where Gestede cuts it out well before being pulled to the ground himself, which results in a
    • 36'
      An Arsenal attack breaks down, allowing Villa to push forward on one of their own. They initially do so well but Gueye holds onto the ball for far too long, allowing him to be easily dispossessed by Ramsey just outside of the penalty area.
    • 38'
      G A. Ramsey Assist M. Özil
    • 38'
      That was wonderful play by Ozil, who could have gone it alone but did well to pick out Ramsey to make it easy for his teammate to double his side's lead.
    • 38'
      GOAL! It's 2-0! After winning back possession, Arsenal break away on a blisteringly quick counter-attack. Walcott picks up the ball on the halfway line and spins before teeing up Ozil, who charges forward and goes one-on-one with Lescott, who is the only Villa defender back. The German spots Ramsey
    • 40'
      Villa are really struggling and look bereft of ideas. It's proving to be far too easy for Arsenal, who are bossing possession due to the hosts' inability to close them down or put any pressure on the visitors whatsoever.
    • 42'
      Campbell cuts inside from the right wing after doing well to beat Bacuna before teeing up Ramsey. The Welshman immediately unleashes a curling low shot from just outside of the penalty area but it fails to beat Okore, who sticks out a foot to stop it from troubling Guzan.
    • 43'
      Careless play by Arsenal allows Villa to break away on a counter-attack that results in a corner on the right flank thanks to good play by Gueye. It's flung towards the near post, where it finds Hutton, but the right-back sends his headed effort well wide of the goal.
    • 44'
      Villa enjoy one of their longest periods of possession as they patiently move the ball around inside the Arsenal half of the pitch, but an attempted through-ball from Gestede to Sinclair is completely mishit and ends up bouncing harmlessly out of play for a goal kick.
    • 45'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be just one minute of added time.
    • 46'
      And we're underway once again!
    • 48'
      Villa move the ball around positively, with Sinclair doing well on the right flank. The winger then cuts the ball back to Veretout, who immediately unleashes a thumping strike, but it's overhit and ends sailing well over the top of the crossbar.
    • 49'
      Chance for Gestede! Hutton does well to get forward down the right wing before chipping a lovely cross right onto the head of the aforementioned striker, but, despite getting up well, he's unable to test Cech with a glancing header than bounces comfortably wide of the goal.
    • 50'
      And now Sanchez unleashes a shot! Villa, who have started the second half wonderfully well, break forward once again before the aforementioned Colombian tries to test Cech from 25 yards out, but his curling strike is well stopped by the Arsenal goalkeeper.
    • 52'
      Okore and Giroud battle for the ball deep down the left wing, with the latter doing well to out-muscle the Danish centre-back before earning Arsenal a corner. It's whipped into the middle of the penalty area but Gestede is there to clear the danger with a strong header on the edge of the six-yard bo
    • 53'
      Ayew cuts inside from the left flank before trying to tee up Sinclair with a lofted pass forward, but there's slightly too much power on the ball and it ends up meeting the Englishman before bouncing into the hands of Cech.
    • 55'
      Sloppy play from Arsenal allows Villa to push forward once again, and it's now the visitors that look slightly rattled at the back. Veretout eventually unleashes a low shot from 25 yards out but it's underhit and is easily stopped by Koscielny before it can test Cech.
    • 56'
      Chance for Sinclair! Once again, Hutton picks up the ball in a dangerous position on the right wing before chipping a lovely cross right onto the head of the aforementioned winger, but he ends up sending his close-range headed effort looping over the top of the crossbar.
    • 57'
      SI Carles Gil SO M. Özil
    • 57'
      Villa have made their first substitution of the game, with Gil coming on to replace Gestede.
    • 58'
      Gueye loses possession in a dangerous position midway inside the Arsenal half of the pitch, allowing the visitors to break away quickly. They do so through Ozil, who then spins and tees up Campbell, but the Costa Rican clumsily strays into an offside position and the linesman's flag is quickly raise
    • 60'
      Hutton is playing in an incredibly advanced position this half. The full-back has camped himself deep inside the Arsenal half of the pitch and is finding plenty of joy as a result. However, the space left behind could cause problems on the counter-attack.
    • 62'
      As expected, the space left behind by the marauding Hutton is used well by Arsenal as they break away quickly. Ozil and Ramsey link up with a quick one-two before the German sends a low cross into the box, but it's easily cut out by Guzan on the edge of the six-yard box.
    • 63'
      Great strike by Bacuna! The Dutchman picks up the ball in space on the left flank and charges forward before unleashing a wonderful curling shot. It's brilliantly hit and beats Cech but ends up looping just over the top of the crossbar.
    • 64'
      SI K. Gibbs SO M. Özil
    • 64'
      SI A. Oxlade-Chamberlain SO M. Özil
    • 64'
      And the second is Oxlade-Chamberlain, who takes the place of Walcott.
    • 64'
      Arsenal have decided to make a double substitution. The first player to come on is Gibbs, who replaces Campbell.
    • 66'
      Arsenal push forward in numbers and put the Villa defence under plenty of pressure. Oxlade-Chamberlain works the ball around well before teeing up Giroud, who then chips a cross into the middle of the box. It finds Gibbs, but his first touch is heavy and sends the ball bouncing to Guzan.
    • 68'
      Arsenal revert to patiently passing the ball deep inside the Villa half of the pitch as they run rings around the hosts. However, just as Ramsey is about to penetrate the penalty area he's dispossessed by a good tackle from Gueye, bringing a promising attacking move to a disappointing end.
    • 70'
      Veretout sends the ball out to the right wing, where it finds Hutton, and the full-back immediately chips a cross into the middle of the box that's headed out for a corner. The resulting set-piece finds the aforementioned Scottish defender, who uses his strength well to earn his side another corner
    • 71'
      A second corner turns into a third, which then becomes a fourth, but the final one is dealt with well by Mertesacker before Gueye sends an audacious, 35-yard volley well over the top of the crossbar.
    • 73'
      The pace of the game has slowed down somewhat, with both sides finding it difficult to carve out many chances in the final third of the pitch. Arsenal have arguably on the front foot but have taken their foot off the pedal slightly, making life slightly easier for Villa.
    • 75'
      Arsenal work the ball around quickly, with Ozil looking particularly bright just outside of the penalty area. Monreal then tries to tee up Giroud with a cross from the left-hand side of the Villa box but it's sent too near to Guzan, who is easily able to cut out the attempted pass as a result.
    • 77'
      Gil, who has looked bright since coming on, twists and turns just outside of the Arsenal penalty area before unleashing a low shot. It's well hit and beats Cech but ends up bouncing just a yard or so wide of the far post.
    • 78'
      SI J. Grealish SO M. Özil
    • 78'
      Grealish receives a loud round of applause from the Villa fans as he replaces Gueye to make his return to the first 11.
    • 80'
      Ramsey does well to find Ozil on the left flank with a wonderful lofted pass. The German twists and turns as he tries to find a way past Veretout but the Frenchman is able to out-muscle the attacking midfielder before clearing the danger.
    • 82'
      Chance for Oxlade-Chamberlain! Sinclair loses the ball in a dangerous position, allowing Ramsey to push forward on a quick run. He does well to reach the edge of the Villa box and plays a quick one-two with Ozil before teeing up the aforementioned substitute, but the latter's shot takes a deflection
    • 84'
      Another opportunity for Oxlade-Chamberlain! Again, Villa lose possession carelessly, and the aforementioned Englishman takes the chance to fly forward on a quick run towards the edge of the penalty area. He's just about to unleash a shot but Okore does wonderfully well to dispossess the attacking mi
    • 86'
      SI C. Chambers SO M. Özil
    • 86'
      Ozil slowly makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Chambers for the final few minutes of the game.
    • 87'
      SI Adama Traoré SO M. Özil
    • 87'
      Meanwhile, Traore comes on to take the place of Sinclair.
    • 88'
      Arsenal are continuing to dominate possession as they look to hold onto the ball and run down the clock. Villa have looked much better during the second half but have still failed to cause the visitors too many problems at the back.
    • 90'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be four minutes of added time.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE

    SUBSTITUTES

    MANAGERS

    england
    Dean Smith
    spain
    Mikel Arteta

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 7 7
    Yellow Cards 0 0
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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